True Story (2015)
Critic Consensus: James Franco and Jonah Hill make a watchable pair, but True Story loses their performances -- and the viewer's interest -- in a muddled movie that bungles its fact-based tale.
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Critic Reviews for True Story
Franco and Hill's early scenes together maintains intrigue for a while, but True Story never quite indicates that it has something compelling going on beneath the surface.
What's the opposite of stealing a movie? Putting it back? Looking the other way? Laziness? Whatever it is, that's where I am with James Franco.
Filming a drama about the compromises and conventions of storytelling, Goold falls prey to them. He lacks the pulp verve and the symbolic imagination to illuminate or even convey the characters' mysteries.
It's as good as any work I've seen in a film in 2015, and "True Story" is one of the better movies to come along this year.
Director Rupert Goold keeps things appropriately creepy, but True Story is no Capote.
Audience Reviews for True Story
Jonah Hill puts in a solid performance and James Franco is always magnetic in this fascinating morality study about the responsibility of journalism to the truth and the often blurry line that separates facts and lies, even though the final scene is unnecessary and obvious.
Beautifully shot in a crazy premise with proven actors that somehow ends up feeling pretty lacklustre. Not bad, just underdeveloped.
A slow-burning but intriguing thriller with James Franco and Jonah Hill at the top of their game.
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